Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Cruising the A9 to reach Jaffna

Ashwani Talwar

(EB)With the fall of Kilinochchi, the Sri Lankan armed forces appear to be in control of much of the A9, the road to Jaffna. This wasn’t always so. For years, the Jaffna peninsula had been with the government, but its writ ran only over patches of that important trunk road that cut through a swathe of LTTE- territory.

Even as I write this, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are holding on to the Elephant Pass causeway, the choke-point through which the A9 enters the peninsula. The Army says it is poised to capture that as well.As a Colombo-based reporter in the early 1990s, I did the A9 a few times. Full Text